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Common Sources of Behavior Problems in Children

I love “people-watching”. I go to malls, grocery stores, parks, etc. and watch how people think, behave and speak. Sometimes this is enlightening for me, and I am able to understand certain things about families. I suppose because I am trained in recognizing patterns and behaviors in children, I frequently observe children acting out and […]

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Developing Self-Esteem in Children

A child begins to develop and build self-esteem as early as 3 years old. Self-esteem and self-acceptance come from many different influences and areas, but work together to help a child establish a self-concept. The more opportunities given to a child to be comfortable with him or herself, the more positively he or she will […]

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The Real Danger of Cyber-bullies

The schoolyard antics of the past are easy to visualize: larger kids picking on smaller ones, the tough giving the weak a hard time, the popular jock demeaning the anti-social geek. However, the most severe cases of bullying in the 21st century occur not at school but in your homes. Welcome to the world of […]

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Is Your Child Getting Enough Rest?

Many parents put their children to bed and think they will peacefully drift off to sleep within minutes. Unfortunately, it is often not that easy. The National Sleep Foundation reports that 70% of children ten and younger are suffering with some type of sleep problem. Here are some common reasons children do not get enough […]

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Generation Y in the News

I am not sure if any of you saw the local newscast about Generation Y last week, but I found it SO interesting! Not only did they discuss some of the trends of the group, but also how Gen Y-ers are changing the way companies approach their employees as they are entering the work force. […]

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Your Children and Your Television

Many families struggle with finding time to spend together amidst all of the obligations and activities of life. Sports, homework, dinner, baths, clubs and projects leave little opportunity to sit and chat about the day. Now throw in the television set and the hours each day that it is on “spending time” with your children. […]

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Play Therapy Toys

I often encourage parents to play with their children in their homes and discuss the potential benefits of doing so. I have had several parents ask me if any toys are okay, or should there be specific toys chosen for the play times. In answer to those questions, here is a detailed explanation of which […]

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YMCA Healthy Kids Day Event

The Kid Counselor was invited on Sat. Apr. 14th to host a table at the annual YMCA Healthy Kids Day event. The Palm Harbor branch was very gracious to let us inform the community about our services and about Play Therapy in general. We want to thank the Suncoast YMCA organization for their help in […]

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